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Red Foxes

RED FOXES - Vulpes vulpes

The European Red Fox was introduced into Australia in the mid-nineteenth century for the purpose of traditional fox hunting. By the 1870s, wild populations of foxes had become firmly established across Australia. Today, the red fox is distributed across 75% of Australia with their distribution range largely matching that of rabbits.

Feral foxes pose a threat to many native fauna, with animals weighing under 5.5 kilograms at greatest risk.

On an average night, a red fox consumes around 400 grams of food. Over a year, this adds up to 150 kilograms of food. Considering that foxes only consume a small portion of each animal they kill, a single fox can potentially kills thousands of mammals, reptiles, birds and insects each year.

Foxes also eat fruit and defecate out seeds that are viable even after up to 48 hours in the digestive system. This becomes a particular problem when the seeds are from a weed species and the fox has managed to travel a long distance before dispersing those seeds.

How to set a cage trap  (WNRM)

Fact sheet about foxes  (WNRM)

Trapping of foxes using cage traps  (Pest Smart)

Ground shooting of foxes  (Pest Smart)

Ground baiting of foxes with 1080  (Pest Smart)

Model code of practice for humane fox control  (Pest Smart)

Co-ordinated group fox programs  (Pest Smart)

Fox control—bait products  (DPRID)

Fox baiting  (DPRID)

Fox control  (DPRID)

Red Fox  (DPRID)

Red Card for Rabbits and Foxes website  (Red Card)